July 5th, 2010
01:14 PM ET

For sale: Jam infused with Princess Diana's hair

Bompas and Parr is selling milk jam, which the label touts as being infused with a speck of Princess Diana's hair.

Sam Bompas wants breakfast to be fun, a chance to start the day with food to fuel the body and stimulate the mind - and get some intriguing conversations started. What better way to do that than with a spread of Milk Jam infused with a speck of Princess Diana's hair. Yes, you read that right, Princess Di's hair.

If you're thinking that doesn't whet your appetite, he has a few alternatives: How about a jam of absinthe and pineapple with sand from the Great Pyramids or plum and oak jam with wood from the British warship The Victory, Lord Nelson's flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar.

Bompas isn't kidding about trying to sell you on jam with Lady Di's hair. But he is trying to get your attention - and is it ever working.

Word of the jam that may include the golden locks of the beloved has spread globally online - with instant reactions ranging from stomach-inducing nausea, outrage of a publicity stunt or just straight confusion. Long term, Bompas hopes the public will be appreciating his creations as works of art.

Which, ironically, is how all this got started.

Sand from the Great Pyramids and wood from a British warship are among the ingredients in the occult jams.

Bompas, who founded Bompas and Parr in London, England with his school friend, told CNN he has worked for a long time on merging architectures, arts and food to create a "magical" and palatable experience. So when he was asked to create something for a surrealist art show at London's Barbican Art Gallery - which includes
exhibits by Salvador Dali and Rene Margritte - he too wanted to jump outside the box. Enter the "occult jams" - known for jams infused with different objects in a search for eternal life.

"We thought the most mundane food - but also magical - is jam," Bompas told CNN. "We thought there could be a way to come up with a real jam product that makes people excited about it and examine really quite how marvelous it is."

Bompas decided he wanted to push it to the limit - to see how far he could go with infusing some of the strangest objects, but also ones we can all relate to - by putting them in his jam. So he got on eBay and purchased locks of Diana's hair and got together his other ingredients to start preparations.

"We wanted the jams to have these weird and wonderful ingredients," Bompas said. "By using things like sand from Egypt, hair from Princess Diana,
if you are going to choose an odd ingredient, choose one that everyone can relate to. It can open up those conversations, and it will. Everyone can
have those conversations about how they feel about it - it's the eternal debate of what is art. What has started out as art itself has become a product with a lot of major retailers."

Perhaps Bompas has Princess Diana to thank for that, because now the founder is preparing to make the jam available through retailers worldwide, instead of just the store at the Art Gallery (where it sells for about $7 a jar). Bompas said the jams have been through all the normal testing procedures to ensure safety and shelf-life testing.

In his world, Bompas hopes people would learn to be open-minded about what they are eating, or at least just start a conversation about it. It's something he says he regularly tries to do by recreating historical events - like flooding a building with four tons of cognac to recreate an event from the 1600s. For Bompas, the idea of boating through your alcohol was a fascinating experience. One he couldn't help but try to recreate.

"I try to think - why hasn't that happened in my lifetime and then try and work to make it happen," he said.

And that's the case with the jam.

"What we'd like is to literally have people think about the foods that they put in their mouths," he said. "A lot of the things we do are history-oriented and hopefully end up quite magical and special."

soundoff (112 Responses)
  1. ayden

    lol, you guys are funny. he bought the hair off ebay, many celebs have that stuff for sale. i would buy this and try it. lol, just to hear people freak. oh my god, it's demonic! it's cannibalism! ahhahahaha! we are still in the dark ages, huh....we should burn this guy at stake? wow.

    July 6, 2010 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
  2. TONG

    THE SUN THE MOON THE EARTH

    July 6, 2010 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  3. TONG

    AND TH STAR TOO AND SO DOES THE SUN AND THE MOON AND THE EARTH CAME BY DAY TO DAY AND REPEATING OVER AND OVER EACH AND EVERYDAY BUT STILL NO HUMAN LIFE FORM GET IT YET THIS WORLD ARE WILL REPEATING ALL THING AND STUFF OVER AND OVER THE TIME UNTIL ONE MIND WILL GET BORED OR AWAKENING AND THAN ONE SOUL CAN MOVING TO ANOTHER LEVEL THAT ALL

    July 6, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  4. zeer

    Its British people like this that drove the colonists to rebel. Ughhh

    July 6, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Kewpie

    This is gross and disgusting.

    July 6, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  6. bangbangboy

    Hey Tong,

    What the heck are SHRIWEMPE.

    July 6, 2010 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  7. MHF

    How about adding dash of Gomer pile and a speck of Rock Hudson in the jam.A word of caution, don't mix it too hard it might turn into a Rock Pile.

    July 6, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Joe

    Back in the Middle Ages, they used to grind up Egyptian Mummies and every doctor prescribed it as a health food–good for longevity. I guess we haven't come too far after all.

    July 6, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Leelee

    Lisa Lisa and the Occult Jam?

    July 6, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Pat in IL

    I'm a Princess Di fan, but this is totally disgussting. It's certainly not anything she would ever approve!! Has anybody actually bought any of this gag-stuff?

    July 6, 2010 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mr. Bones

    You know, the red ink used in those old KISS comic books was supposedly infused with blood from the band members. Somehow, this jam comes off as way tackier.

    Then again, if my anscestors wanted to keep my ashes around and occasionally have a shot of Maker's Mark with a pinch of Mr. Bones thrown in, that would be a pretty cool tribute. Just as long as they didn't use Jim Beam. That stuff's got a violent soul.

    July 6, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Ian

    Gross. So now I have to sift through the jam to complete my royalty hair dolls? That's just perfect.

    July 6, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  13. treeman

    TONG,
    THERE IS ALSO SUCH A THING AS.... correct spelling and punctuation.... Lol

    July 6, 2010 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
  14. sam

    very, very creepy. who would want people to be eating their dead hair in jam?? I wouldn't...

    July 6, 2010 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Curt

    Sacrifice for the Illuminati in a jar, easily make occult magic/satanism today!

    July 6, 2010 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
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